In business and in life things go wrong, people have weak moments, and outcomes are not what you expected. Our society puts the emphasis on keeping score, on payback, and on holding a grudge. This is the topic for TV shows, sitcoms, and movies. Why forgive someone who has hurt you when they deserve to be punished?
A favorite pastor of mine, Michael Beckwith, from Agape Love Center, says in an interview with Tavis Smiley that God does not punish us for our wrongdoings, rather we punish ourselves when we veer of the path towards righteousness. I believe the same is true in our own lives. Our misdeeds and the separation they bring from what is right is what punishes us. Yet, without forgiveness we punish ourselves for the actions of someone else. But with forgiveness we release the fragrance of love in its truest form and hold those who have made mistakes accountable to come to our level to redeem themselves.
It takes strength to forgive. But when you do the world is your oyster and you hold in your heart the power of love.
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This post was written by Aaron Aslin. Aaron is an entrepreneur, philosopher, and blogger. He uses his background in marketing to bring people to ideas that inspire, motivate, and create purpose in their lives. You can follow him @aaronaslin and facebook.com/aaronaslin